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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture



Friday, June 5th, 2020
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We hear how important it is to stay in a state of "thanksgiving," but many times we find ourselves in a situation in which we couldn't imagine being thankful. In these times, it can become quite challenging to find a single thing for which to express gratitude. Perhaps we're overwhelmed or stressed with our life, or maybe we're even deep in pain and despair.

It may be necessary in those moments to look at the world in a different way. Instead of only being thankful for the things that go our way, perhaps we should, in faith, thank God for the challenges which drag us down?

To someone outside Christianity, it might seem like nonsense to be thankful for trials and tribulations. However, I believe that this adjustment in our way of thinking helps us to see reality more like God sees it! That's why I said "in faith," to thank God.

When faith comes into play, then we decide to believe that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord. When faith comes into play, we choose to see our circumstances as a path to God's glory.

You see, we have to WANT to see it that way. We need to adjust our perspective. How can this trouble possibly bring about the exaltation of our Lord? Afterall, that is the ultimate purpose of God, and should be our aim as well: his Glory!

So next time you find yourselves challenged to be thankful, and don't really feel like it, then remind yourself to CHOOSE it. Lift up your eyes to the Lord, and recall that there is NO unrighteousness in Him.